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Keys to working with offsite writers  
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"Having offsite writers is crucial for our workflow, and Iíve compiled some best practices on how to manage the multiple personalities and work styles."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

After 8 years as director of Final Fantasy XV, Nomura steps down 3
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
His co-director Hajime Tabata will assume the role of sole director as Square Enix moves Nomura over to work on other projects, including Kingdom Hearts III.
Console/PC, Production

Neal Stephenson pronounces his high-profile Kickstarter game dead 16
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
The author's Subutai Corporation has ceased development of its successfully Kickstarted game Clang and issued refunds to all backers who've asked, as the dev team moves on in search of work.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Blog: 'Mobile VR' is much more about VR than mobile 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.14]
"What I do know is this: once itís all released, it will stand for itself, and the players will quickly figure out what mobile VR is really good for."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, VR

Don't Miss: Cliff Bleszinski's game developer flashcards 87
by Staff [09.17.14]
Jazz Jackrabbit creator Cliff Bleszinski cheekily codifies developer behavior into a series of common profiles in this classic Gamasutra feature.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Video: Solving the challenges of porting Fez to PlayStation  
by Staff [09.17.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014, Blitworks cofounder Miguel Angel Horna revealed with great detail his team's process for bringing Polytron's puzzle game to the Sony PlayStation platforms.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

What it was like to make games in the 16-bit era: TurboGrafx devs speak  
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.14]
In this extract from The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers, secrets about how PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) games were developed and Hudson Soft controlled the process come to light.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Reminder: 24 hours left to early register for GDC Next 2014  
by Staff [09.17.14]
With just over a day left until early registration for GDC Next featuring ADC ends on September 18, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in attending to register now at the discounted rate.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

One post, 27 indie production lessons 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.14]
The developer of smartphone serious game Terrachanics shares lessons learned on the journey from conception to completion.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Unity Pro now free to all PlayStation developers 5
by Kris Graft [09.17.14]
Game engine maker Unity said this morning it would be making the full Unity Pro suite free to all licensed PlayStation developers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Some invaluable 2D tools from the Unity Asset Store 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.14]
"It helps to have good tools. And to call Unity a 'good tool' would be a ridiculous understatement. But like everything else, it's got limitations.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Production

Get a job: Zenimax's Battlecry Studios seeks a Technical Producer  
by Staff [09.16.14]
Zenimax Media's Austin-based Battlecry Studios (working on their debut game Battlecry, naturally) seeks an experienced technical producer to help coordinate back-end technology development.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: A postmortem look at the making of Elite 4
by Staff [09.16.14]
To mark the 30th anniversary of Elite's release, watch co-creator David Braben explain the genesis of the genre-defining space sim that stood against industry demands for arcade games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

'What value do you see in game jams? What have you learned?' 4
by Christian Nutt [09.12.14]
They're increasingly popular and seemingly going on all the time. What value do they hold for game developers? We asked our readers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Lessons learned from the development of Divinity: Original Sin  
by Alex Wawro [09.12.14]
Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke reflects on lessons he learned from the studio's recent success launching its Kickstarted PC RPG Divinity: Original Sin.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Using PAX as a test bed: How Spry Fox updated its demo builds daily 3
by Christian Nutt [09.11.14]
"PAX is one of the best opportunities we have each year to observe lots of 'real gamers' of all ages, sexes, etc, playing our games," says Spry Fox's David Edery.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Why Super Evil Megacorp built a proprietary mobile MOBA engine Exclusive 1
by Alex Wawro [09.11.14]
The E.V.I.L. engine was built from scratch to power a mobile MOBA, making it of interest to devs sorting out how to deliver multiplayer team-based real-time combat experiences on mobile devices.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Exclusive

Video: Designing Monument Valley to be an experience, not a game 2
by Staff [09.10.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014, Monument Valley lead designer Ken Wong talks about how being embedded in a UX studio led ustwo games to create a puzzle game that looks like a series of M.C. Escher paintings.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production, Video

Blog: Taking stock of Darknet, a VR work-in-progress  
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
"Working alone is a sure way to lose perspective on your work, and Iíve been cloistered on Darknet for months. Over the past week, I was suddenly hit with an avalanche of external feedback."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

The challenges of converting a mobile platformer into a good PC game 7
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
"This journey of converting Shadow Blade from a good mobile game to a respectable PC title has proved to be quite challenging... We are definitely learning a lot in this process and it is quite tough and fun."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production